Kent Deaf Children’s Society
Kent Deaf Children’s Society (KDCS) is affiliated to the National Deaf Children’s Society, and is one of their most active groups. KDCS aims to support deaf children (including those with additional needs) and their families across Kent. The charity provides a growing social network, fun activities for all and, where appropriate, educational opportunities for members.
When a baby or child is diagnosed with hearing loss it is often a very tough time for parents. This can be compounded by a confusing wealth of advice, services and decision making required. KDCS offers a directory of services which can be accessed, and can provide peer support for parents from another parent who has already experienced the same or similar decisions.
KDCS organises a regular calendar of events for children and their families, support for the whole family, and information about accessing local services. The group also aims to raise deaf awareness and confidence when communicating with others. The charity aspires to influence the wider community so deaf children can grow up into a deaf aware society.
Apart from one part time member of staff all other personnel are volunteers who are either parents of deaf children, work with deaf children, or are deaf adults themselves. The KDCS patron is currently Phil Gallagher, aka Mister Maker from BBC CBeebies channel!
Please do support this charity which aims to lighten and brighten the challenges of parenting deaf children.
For more information visit the Kent Deaf Children’s Society Web site.